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Archives April 16, 2013 posted by

Bomb hoax

Nicosia Supreme, Criminal and District courts were evacuated yesterday after a bomb-threat was called in at 9.20am, police said. Roughly 1,000 people were evacuated from the courts for around 90 minutes while a special police unit and sniffer-dogs searched all of the buildings. No traces of explosives were found.

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Archives October 10, 2012 posted by

'We broke the culture of fear'

EGYPTIANS BROKE the “culture of fear” by putting their ideology aside and finding common ground against a leader who lost his legitimacy when he started killing his people, said a leading figure in Egypt’s revolution yesterday.  

George Ishak, former coordinator of Egypt’s Keffaya (Enough) Movement, and a founding member of Al Dostour (Constitution) Party, delivered the keynote address to the first-of-its-kind Power of One Conference in Nicosia’s buffer zone last night. 

Some 200 participants are attending the three-day conference, hailing from 28 countries in Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North African region, as well as Cyprus.

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Archives June 1, 2012 posted by

Armed robbery

AN ARMED robbery took place during the early hours of yesterday at a bakery in Larnaca.

The thief escaped with €300.

According to Larnaca police spokesman Christos Andreou, the thief entered the bakery wielding a knife and attempted to snatch money from the till while the employee was in the back..

When she realised what was going on, the thief threatened her with the knife. He then snatched the €300 and made a run for it.

Andreou said that they suspect it was the same thief who robbed two kiosks in Larnaca over the last 15 days. The thief was caught on CCTV. “He is described as 1.70  to 1.75m, he was wearing a blue wool hood, dark blue jeans, wool gloves, and a blue jacket,” said Andreou.

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Archives March 14, 2012 posted by

Potato growers want out of ‘bad insurance scheme’

CYPRUS’ potato growers have asked for guarantees that they will continue being subsidised by the state while not being obliged to contribute towards a “badly paying” insurance fund, the head of a potato growers’ association said yesterday.

“We unanimously decided that we wanted to make contribution to the Farming Insurance Organisation (OGA) optional,” said the head of the Cyprus Potato Growers’ Coordinating Committee, Nicos Vasilas. 

“OGA is too expensive and gives very little money,” Vasilas said.

OGA is a semi-governmental non-profit body offering financial support to farmers whose produce is damaged by natural causes.

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Archives March 6, 2012 posted by

No resolution in ATC row

AIR TRAFFIC controllers (ATCs) said yesterday that the Communications Minister Efthymios Flourentzos was trying to “demonise” their strike.

The ATCs are striking over austerity measures introduced last December including a two-year pay free and pension contributions, which they want to be excluded from.

They went on strike last Friday and will do so again tomorrow.

The ATCs took issue with the way Flourentzos answered a question by a journalist, which they construed as a threat. Flourentzos was asked if he could get replacements from abroad.

“From what I know, and I’m not talking about Cyprus, there are such services abroad,” Flourentzos said. 

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Archives January 19, 2012 posted by

Russia tells US no need for explanations on munitions ship

RUSSIA, which has been criticised for its sale of weapons to conflict-torn Syria, has no intention to justify its actions to the United States, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said yesterday.

Lavrov spoke after a Russian-operated ship carrying what a Cypriot official said was ammunition arrived in Syria last week from St. Petersburg after being held up in Cyprus. The United States said it had raised concerns about the ship, the Chariot, with Russia and with Cyprus. .

“We don’t consider it necessary to explain ourselves or justify ourselves, because we are not violating any international agreements or any (UN) Security Council resolutions,” Lavrov told an annual news conference.

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Archives December 10, 2011 posted by

Footballer quizzed


A FOREIGN footballer, currently playing for Olympiacos Nicosia, has been questioned by police in connection with match fixing, it emerged yesterday.

According to the state broadcaster CyBC, the Brazilian footballer had been registered for the cup game against second-division Doxa, but dropped out at the last minute.

The Cyprus Football Federation (CFA) announced earlier this week that it was launching an investigation after suspicious betting was observed in cup games, including the one between Olympiacos and Doxa.

According to reports reports, turnover in just one betting company exceeded $660,000 for Olympiacos winning the particular match.

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Archives December 8, 2011 posted by

Putin says US stoked Russian protests


PRIME Minister Vladimir Putin accused the United States today of stirring up protests against his 12-year rule and said foreign countries were spending hundreds of millions of dollars to influence Russian elections.

In his first public remarks about daily demonstrations over allegations that Sunday’s election was slanted to favour his ruling party, Putin said US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had encouraged Kremlin opponents by criticising the vote.

“She set the tone for some opposition activists, gave them a signal, they heard this signal and started active work,” Putin told supporters as he laid out plans for his campaign to return to the presidency in a March election.

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Archives November 29, 2011 posted by

Turks to drill for gas in Famagusta

OIL AND natural gas exploration on land in Turkish-controlled Famagusta is to begin within three months, Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz announced at the weekend. 

“We will have completed preliminary studies in two to three months, after which we will begin test drilling,” Yildiz told an energy conference held in Kyrenia on Saturday. 

Yildiz said the Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO) had seismic data collected previously from the area that suggested deposits existed there.

“There is no guarantee that there is oil or natural gas there, but this is a serious operation,” Yildiz said on Saturday. 

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Archives November 24, 2011 posted by

Fighting resumes near Cairo's Interior Ministry

RUNNING battles flared in central Cairo yesterday even after Egyptian military police reinforced riot police guarding the Interior Ministry, a flashpoint for violence.

Riot police had earlier pulled back in what seemed to be an effort to calm tension after more than 30 people have been killed and 2,000 wounded in Egypt in six days of protests targeting the ruling army council, not the army itself.

But clashes erupted after nightfall as military police showered tear gas on stone-throwing demonstrators and fired guns into the air. Protesters stampeded back towards nearby Tahrir Square. Ambulances, sirens wailing, ferried casualties away while smoke billowed over the area from fires lit by youths.

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